The Black and White

Four years, two field closures and one infill replacement later, athletes remain worried that the turf poses a danger to their safety and their athletic careers.

For athletes, new turf infill means old problems

By Asa Ostrow March 24, 2023

In May of 2018, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted seven to one to approve the installation of a $1.3 million turf field at Whitman, despite controversy surrounding its infill material, ZeoFill....

Ward left an imprint on the Whitman basketball program as one of the only Vikings to go on to play Division 1 in the NCAA.

From Viking to Hokie: Michael Ward (‘22) makes history as first D1 basketball walk-on in years

By Faiyaad Kamal March 21, 2023

For many high school athletes, competing at the collegiate level is the endgame. However, this dream only comes true for 7% of those students — and Virginia Tech freshman Michael Ward (‘22), a former...

Pi day celebration

Photo of the Day, March 14: Holloway’s Pi Day celebration returns to Burning Tree

By Jacob Cowan and Maddie Kaltman March 14, 2023

Calculus teacher Michele Holloway and more than 40 of her students celebrated International Pi Day at Burning Tree Elementary School during lunch today. They brought pies of all flavors — and pi in various...

The Whitman Drama winter musical, “Legally Blonde,” follows Elle Woods’ transformation from a UCLA sorority girl to a lawyer, as she goes to extreme lengths to get back with Warner after he dumps her to study at Harvard Law School.

Whitman Drama gets “Serious” with production of winter musical “Legally Blonde”

By Sydney Merlo February 25, 2023

A gaggle of brightly-dressed sorority girls rushes onto the stage, exclaiming “Omigod” as they await the emergence of lead Elle Woods, played by junior Maddie Belanoff. The Delta Nus gush over Elle’s...

On Valentines Day, the Fomz paid visits to each of the singing gram recipients, putting on energetic performances that involved singing, dancing and standing on tables.

Photo of the Day, Feb. 14: Fomz deliver “Singing Grams”

By Maddie Kaltman February 14, 2023

Love was in the air this morning as the Whitman Fomz, dressed in vibrant pink shirts, bursted into classrooms and serenaded students. From first period to fourth period, catchy love songs — such as “Baby”...

A recent rise in bike-related deaths throughout Montgomery County has shifted public interest toward protecting bikers on open roads.

String of fatal bike accidents brings renewed calls for change

By Sydney Merlo February 13, 2023

On the afternoon of Aug. 25, diplomat Sarah Langenkamp mounted her bicycle and began a leisurely ride home from an open house at her son’s elementary school. As she rode past the American Plant store...

From country to pop to folk, Swift’s return to pop with “Midnights” sounds different from anything we’ve heard from her before.

Every song on Taylor Swift’s “Midnights,” ranked

By Sadie Goldberg February 5, 2023

Taylor Swift has never been one to treat music traditionally, and with the release of her 10th album “Midnights,” she proved to her fans that she’s still full of surprises. Since the release of Swift’s...

First row: Shawn Winans, Zachary Vaz, Nicole Jacobs. Second row: Kevin Oberdorfer, Joanna Pappafotis, Abbie Lamb. Third row: Michael Negrin, Kelsey Stender-Moore, Dakota Slay-Vincent.

Fifteen new teachers settle into their positions at Whitman

By Marissa Rancilio and Manuela Montoya February 1, 2023

After a record number of MCPS staff resigned from their positions last year, Whitman welcomed 15 new teachers this fall, many of whom students are meeting for the first time as they settle into their second...

The World Language Cafe team and Social Emotional Special Education Support (SESES) program joined to host a Lunar Lantern Festival celebration in the Commons during lunch today.

Photo of the Day, Jan. 26: Lunar Lantern Festival

By Josefina Masjuan January 27, 2023

When students entered the bustling Commons at lunch today, they stumbled upon the sight of red lanterns and other themed decorations lining the stairwell and surrounding walls, and the sound of traditional...

Magloon speaks to students at lunch today.

Photo of the Day, Tuesday, Jan. 24: Author Kekla Magoon speaks to students at lunch event

By Ines Foscarini January 25, 2023

The Media Center hosted a virtual visit with award-winning author Kekla Magoon during lunch today. Attending students learned about Magoon’s new book, discussed identity and talked with the author about...

The streets of D.C. flood with images of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman while calls for women’s rights and freedom of expression resonate through the air.

“Woman, Life, Freedom”: Thousands demand change in Iran at D.C. protests

By Grace Roddy January 13, 2023

Each Saturday afternoon since Sept. 23, chants of “Zan Zendigi Azadî” — Farsi for “Woman, Life, Freedom” — have filled the National Mall. Thousands huddle around the green, white and red Iranian...

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